Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area

Soldiers Delight site photo by Wayne Tyndall

Contact: ​410-461-5005​

Baltimore County

Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area
5100 Deer Park Road
Owings Mills MD 21117

Open: 9 a.m. to Sunset

ALERT: The Soldiers Delight Visitor Center will close for several months beginning October 27 as a new HVAC system is installed. This includes the restrooms. Please check back this spring for updates.

Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area (NEA) is comprised of 1,900 acres of serpentine barren. The area has over 39 rare, threatened, or endangered plant species as well as rare insects, rocks and minerals. There are seven miles of marked hiking trails. Equestrians and cyclists are prohibited due to the sensitive nature of the area.

Rare grassland plant species are threatened by invasion of Virginia Pines. Currently, a five-year effort of removing 1,000 acres of pines and prescribed burning is underway to return the area to natural serpentine habitat. Click here to learn more about the Soldiers Delight Natural Area.

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